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WATCH: This short doc will make you see Parkdale completely differently

When you think Parkdale, the image of green space might not be the first one that pops into your mind. It might be something more akin to the guy at the corner of Queen and Lansdowne who wears a fur coat in the summer and tries to sell you cartons of smokes.

But there is something alluring about Parkdale: a place where movers, shakers, artists, and the artfully minded all converge on bistros and patios throughout the warmer months. The folks in the Parkdale BIA have teamed up with the TD Green Streets Project to make the most possible out of the neighbourhood.

The program helps to create jobs for people in Parkdale who might otherwise not have one while keeping the streets beautiful.

Check out the documentary and let us know what you think of Parkdale’s green spaces.

 

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A new twist to road racing will bring colour to your face… and your shirt!

Running a race is you versus the ones beside you and may the best runner win. But when you add food, draw prizes and live entertainment, you’re left with unique events for people to choose from – each one offering a different ambiance, yet still a race from start to finish.

Now picture an event with all competitors dressed in white t-shirts while waiting for the starting gun. The runners/walkers then take off and through each kilometre they’re showered with colour powder made with food grade cornstarch, 100% natural and safe. It’s new, sounds like loads of fun, is coming to Montreal on August 17 and is called The Color Run 5 km.

Some runners will wear bandanas or dust masks because of the powder, thrown by volunteer colour throwers, sponsors and Color Run staff who aim low as much as possible when you pass by. The idea is to get your t-shirt as colourful as possible by race end. At the finish, the crowd will do a colour throw every 15 minutes to welcome new runners coming in.

The first official Color Run was held in Tempe, AZ in January 2012. Since last year, the event debuted in 50 U.S. cities and three international cities, with close to 600,000 participants in total.

The mastermind behind the Color Run is 34-year-old Travis Snyder. In a recent email interview, he says, “Seeing how happy the Color Run has made all different kinds of people has been very rewarding. It really is an event for all fitness levels, ages and backgrounds. Our tag line is ‘The happiest 5k on the planet’ for a reason. That line was created after seeing how happy it made people.” You might say it puts the fun into a fun run.

Snyder, a former triathlete and avid runner, began creating his own running events 10 years ago. In an effort to create a non-threatening running environment where professional and novice runners could come together and enjoy the purity of the sport, the Color Run was born. “I wanted to create an event that would encourage people to get out and run just for the fun of it. I wanted people to enjoy the community experience of running together, and I wanted to add something a little out of the ordinary to the race; something that could serve as a sort of visual reward for all the hard work these runners put into training for the event,” he says.

You can run the event solo or enter as a team. All you need is a white shirt, and be ready to have some fun running and getting splashed with colour.

 

WATCH: This adorable/hilarious kid talks to himself on the potty

While every mom’s worst nightmare (or worst memories) are focused around potty training, this 3-year-old has a good head on his shoulders and uses his potty time to ponder the state of the toilet he is sitting on and everything he has consumed that day.

And while it may be embarrassing every time your parents take out your baby photos rest assured that you won’t blush nearly as much as this guy will every time his mom brings up the fact that she made a viral video of him talking to himself in the bathroom viewed by millions.

 

 

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RELATIONSHIPS: Getting away with a staycation

Getting away doesn’t mean leaving the city.

I love to combine words, it’s a pastime of mine and Boyfriend hates it, he tells me these words do not exist and I am murdering the English language so funny then that we got to have a little Staycation in the city last weekend.  I am not, by the way, murdering the English language I am helping it to evolve in a whimsical kind of way.

We won a trip to the all new Bob Blumer Surreal Gourmet room at The Gladstone, fun, and we took advantage of it. How often do you get to stay in a fancy hotel free of charge? How often do you get to sleep on dream enhancing marshmallow pillows?! Basically never, so we did it.

Boyfriend and I have been away together but we’ve never stayed in a hotel in the city and I have to say I HIGHLY recommend it, no neighbours to accuse you of being loud, no roomies to anger and no sheets to wash; all of these are good reasons to escape without escaping but the reason I really enjoyed it was that it added a much needed dose of romance to our relationship.

It’s so easy to get into a rut, it’s so easy to just watch Netflix all day or play video games into the wee hours of the morning; we’re both busy people who manage to make time for each other because we love to but it doesn’t mean that the romance comes without effort, you actually have to try for that. When relationships are fresh you’re so busy impressing each other that every night feels exciting, every date feels like a challenge and every movie is an excuse to make out a little in the dark but after a while those things happen less often and you have to really think about doing nice things for each other. It’s easy to be romantic on a special occasion, birthdays and anniversaries are a given, but on an average weekend a little help can go a long way.

The weekend inspired me to really focus on doing little things for Boyfriend that remind him that he’s special, not every day is amazing but every day with him makes me feel like it has the potential to be the best day yet.

We go to so many parties and events I don’t want our nights together to be full of exhaustion and movie marathons; I want to give him the same energy I give my job, my friends and my family. He’s earned that from me, after everything we’ve been through and everything we’ve survived he should know that he’s a priority in my life not an option.

Maybe it was the marshmallow pillows or it could have been the fact that we made out like teenagers the minute we arrived; it doesn’t really matter what it was because it reminded me to appreciate him every day not just on the remarkable ones.

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WATCH: This short doc tells the story behind the breakdancers at Yonge and Dundas

Some of you see these guys every day without knowing the story behind their breakdancing crew. Are the homeless? Why do they breakdance out there all the time? What is up with these guys who are such fixtures of Toronto’s urban landscape who we seem to know nothing about?

Filmmaker Cynthia Yeh took to the streets to find out what makes these guys tick, and once you watch this short documentary you won’t be looking at them the same way again.

 

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